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					Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary

This Project Report includes sections on:                 ♦ Providing undergraduate students the experience
                                                            of mentoring younger students, and
 ♦   Project Description                                  ♦ Most significantly, doing all of the above in a spirit
 ♦   Development & Implementation                           of service to our community – locally, nationally
 ♦   Progress & Problems                                    and internationally.
 ♦   Course/Project Outcomes
 ♦   Furthering IECE Goals                               The students read and implemented much of the
 ♦   Project Evaluation/Information                      theory and ideas presented in two business based
 ♦   Sustainability                                      textbooks:
 ♦   Additional Funding                                  ♦ Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stagebased Wisdom for
                                                            Nonprofit Capacity by Susan Kenny Stevens, and
Project Description                                      ♦ Begging For Change by Robert Egger.
We set out to establish a nonprofit business
development course that focused students on using        Ultimately, 36 undergraduate students, two honorarium
their business school experience to serve the world.     faculty, three high-school students and myself
Several course objectives included:                      launched a nonprofit organization called “With Love,
                                                         Inc.” Our team was supported by several business
 ♦ Focusing on the Entrepreneurial Process and           specialists – accountant, attorney, graphics designer,
   Organizational Leadership,                            nonprofit leaders. We launched this organization to
 ♦ Learning about the differences between profit         address the following:
   and nonprofit organizations,
 ♦ Putting theory into action through hands-on, real-    The Need - It is a well researched, and known fact that
   life experience (leadership, marketing,               people "give or serve" because they are TAUGHT the
   researching, writing, teamwork, biz development,      importance of this aspect of living AND leading.
   raising capital, investing),
 ♦ Developing the power of reflection through            The Focus - Developing young adults as service
   journaling,                                           leaders by:
                                                         ♦ Conducting Service Projects - Identifying and
                                                            conducting service projects that support the health,
                                                            education and well-being of children.

IECE Project Report                                                                             Page 1 of 7
Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary


♦ Providing Grants - Targeting organizations that           they used their business acumen to establish and
  support the health, education and well-being of           operationalize With Love, Inc.’s basics:
  children.                                                 Vision Statement
                                                            People serving people, making a difference with love.
Development & Implementation
Initially, we received a grant from CU’s Service            Mission Statement
Learning Center which funded 1) establishing With           With Love, Inc. is passionate about developing young
Love, Inc. as a legal entity, 2) providing a student with   adults as service leaders through hands-on,
teaching assistance experience, and 3) supporting           community- based projects that educate and inspire
With Love, Inc.’s operational needs. The Service            them to work, live and serve with love.
Learning grant was supplemented by the IECE grant
which funded 1) honorarium payments for two very            Values
committed community partners – Elaine Shiramizu             ♦ Circle of reciprocity,
Graphics Design and Foster Harding, an experienced          ♦ Cultural exchange,
service-focused business professional, and 2) providing     ♦ Intergenerational exchange, and
a student with teaching assistant experience.               ♦ Children are the hope for our future.

We were honored to offer this course through CU’s           Organizational Structure - Committees
Continuing Education department while the “course           ♦ Strategic Planning
legitimacy” process was underway at the University.         ♦ Marketing
                                                            ♦ Fundraising
The students participating in this project executed         ♦ Operations
amazing work and developed creative outputs – both          ♦ Service Projects
academic and business operations deliverables. They         ♦ Executive
were required to complete case studies associated
with the Lifecyles textbook, complete a book report         Each committee developed action plans which, in
summarizing 22 key learnings from the Begging               turn, were integrated into With Love, Inc.’s Strategic
textbook, and to keep project journals documenting          Plan. The students then set about “making real” their
their experiences. Critical to the project’s success,
IECE Project Report                                                                               Page 2 of 7
Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary

plans. They devised service projects, developed
marketing materials, monitored operations, made
products for fundraising efforts, communicated with
community partners, interviewed local nonprofit
agencies and presented their findings and relevant
                                                                People serving people, making a difference with love.
conclusions to their peers, learned lessons from
successes and failures, implemented their learnings,
competed in the Students In Free Enterprise regional        3. Designing, developing and delivering several
competition, and most importantly offered themselves           successful service projects.
in service of others.                                             a. Homelessness – Washington D.C. Trip
                                                                         i. See addendum of itinerary
                                                                  b. Service Awareness – “Parents’ Day Off,
Progress & Problems                                                  Kids’ Day Out” – offered two half-day
We successfully delivered many of our targeted                       sessions where local kids did community
objectives during two semesters of this course offering,             projects (grounds clean-up, cards for kids
including:                                                           with cancer, fundraising for our adopted
                                                                     South African student) with our
   1. Establishing the legal entity for With Love, Inc.              undergraduate students while their
         a. State Identification                                     parents attended to other tasks.
         b. Federal Identification                                       i. Bear Creek Elementary School
         c. 501 (c) (3) Filing second round                             ii. Friends School
         d. Bookkeeping                                           c. Disaster Relief – Organized a campus wide
         e. Donor Management                                         food and clothing drive for hurricane
         f. Scrapbook of the History                                 Katrina survivors relocated to Denver. We
         g. Website – www.withloveinc.org                            developed fliers and were granted
         h. Booth Setup                                              approval to place them in buildings and
         i. Marketing Template                                       dorms across campus. We obtained
                                                                     boxes from a local company and we
   2. Designing, developing and adopting the With                    received permission to place the boxes in
      Love, Inc. logo and tag line.

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Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary
                                                                         vocational and life skills training by
      buildings across campus. We organized all of                       establishing a training center to prepare
      our clothing donations according to gender,                        their learners for later life.
      age, size and type. This extra effort was praised
      and appreciated by the warehouse accepting               5. Competed in Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)
      our University Students’ donations.                         Regional Competition held in Denver,
                                                                  representing With Love, Inc. and the Leeds
   4. Identified two grant opportunities to further               School of Business, University of Colorado at
      support our mission.                                        Boulder.
         a. Adopted a South African aids orphan – we                  a. We won the “Rookie of the Year” award for
             provide funding to the Kenyan Children’s                    our concept and development of With
             Foundation to cover his room, board and                     Love, Inc.’s business.
             school tuition. This is Felix.
                                                            Course/Project’s Impact
                                                            Students
                                                            I watched phenomenal things happen inside and
                                                            outside the classroom as the students brought to life an
                                                            organization with a mission they believed in whole
                                                            heartedly. They all had successes and challenges with
                                                            the project. The following is a list of some of the more
                                                            extraordinary occurrences.

                                                            Andrew – received a Service Learning Scholarship after
                                                            demonstrating significant commitment during one
                                                            semester on this project.

                                                            Eric – applied for and was accepted into The Peace
         b. Quest School for Autistic Learners, Port        Corp. and will be in South America for two years after
            Elizabeth South Africa – we offered a grant     completing two semesters of this project.
            to this school for developing their

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Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary


Tracy – participated in the Washington D.C. trip to         Crystal – received an internship with a for profit
learn about and serve the homeless after participating      organization after her role in With Love, Inc.’s
as a teaching assistant for this project.                   presentation for the Regional SIFE competition. Crystal
                                                            participated in the project for one semester.
Kaitlyn – participated in the Washington D.C. trip to
learn about and serve the homeless. Her “mental             Many of the students remain interested and involved
models” about homelessness were shattered after             through With Love, Inc.’s Junior Board.
immersing herself in this work. Kaitlyn participated in
this trip after one semester on the project.                Faculty
                                                            I have been thrilled to explore experiential learning
Mallory – participated in the Washington D.C. trip to       and service leadership in greater depth over the past
learn about and serve the homeless. She subsequently        year. I have grown and been positively influenced by
signed up for a month-long service trip in Brazil working   the students passion and eagerness to apply what
with orphans and street children after participating for    they know to life.
two semesters of this project.
                                                            I can also say, for myself and the honorarium faculty
Sarah – Applied for and received the El Pomar               on this project, that our FAITH and HOPE were
Foundation Fellowship after one semester on this            bolstered by witnessing the students at work on this
project. She said, “As I understand it, fellows work with   project.
several of their programs, deciding where to send
funds they have available to give (also would be a          The CU Parent’s Association awarded me with the
good place to look for funding for With Love, Inc.). I      Marinus Smith Award, a campus wide award, given to
think the most exciting part of it seems to be the          faculty or staff, making a difference in the lives of
amazing atmosphere of the people involved and the           undergraduate students. I was one of ten recipients in
fact that the program is focused on teaching the            2006. I believe families of students on this project
fellows about non-profit work as well as how to invest.     nominated me for this award. To me, there is no higher
It just seems like it would be an amazing experience        honor than from the parents of my students.
and one that I would benefit from especially because I
feel like I'll be working in non-profits …”

IECE Project Report                                                                               Page 5 of 7
Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary

This project also afforded me the opportunity to meet      Project Evaluation Data/Information
and collaborate with others on campus having similar       A few thoughts come to mind here….
interests. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about
INVST Community Studies and various other service          We will receive a Final Grant Report from The Quest
projects in process during my grant period.                School for Autistic Learners. This report will let us know
                                                           the outcomes associated with our grant to that
Community Issues                                           organization. Our assumption is that this grant will
Over the course of the past year we have examined          have significant impact.
homelessness, education for children with different
learning abilities, natural disasters, the impact of       We have received requests from the Friends’ School to
HIV/AIDS on Africa, teaching about serving our             continue the “Parents’ Day Off, Kids’ Day Out”
community, and a myriad of other social challenges.        program we delivered. Most of the kids went home
                                                           with a cool checklist of the service projects they
Our reading, Begging for Change, offered significant       completed and a big smile. No better feedback then
perspective on the history of service, the nonprofit       to be asked to return.
business sector and some unique perspectives on
effective service to meet our global social challenges.    We also receive quarterly updates on Felix’s progress in
This textbook was instrumental in encapsulating and        South Africa. It has been great to “see” him grow up
influencing our work.                                      over the year and to know that our hard work supports
                                                           his growth.
Furthering IECE Goals
There is no doubt in my mind that this project furthered   The FCQs I received from the students participating in
the goals of the IECE. This project was simply a           this project were exceptional…in fact, they were the
beautiful combination of business education with civic     best I’ve received yet – in my teaching time at Leeds.
engagement in the form of serving others. We clearly
made a difference in the lives of those we served and      There was an energy about the learning that took
those we taught about service.                             place – it was palpable, alive and engaged. There
                                                           really is nothing that compares, in education, to
                                                           actually “doing it and believing in it!”

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Project Report: Nonprofit Development: Living your Education with Compassion
Grant Recipient: Susan Heinzeroth, Leeds School of Business -Management Department
Period: 5/1/06 – 6/1/06
Addendums: Syllabus, Financial Report, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary

Sustainability                                            Inc.’s efforts and to leverage IECE’s investment in our
This is the area where we encountered some                project.
incredible obstacles. As of right now, this course does
not have a home at CU. The Leeds School of Business
is in the midst of reconstruction and budget issues.
INVST Community Studies was also considered as an                               ~~~~~~~~~
option for this course, however, they too are
experiencing budget cuts, leaving them little room to               We are grateful for this experience.
add to their curriculum. While the students clamor for
this type of course, we are unable to find it a
home…but not without valiantly trying.

In addition, Continuing Education is not chartered to
offer Experimental Courses over a long period of time.
Therefore, we are no longer able to offer the course
through Continuing Education.

So perhaps this project will continue one day, but as
for now, we are done at CU Boulder.

Additional Funding
We were able to raise additional funding from several
sources
   1. SIFE
   2. Individual Donors
   3. Bracelet/Earring Sales at Holiday Fairs

All total, these additional funds represent
approximately $10,000 raised to support With Love,

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